Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Bellingham continues push for 2024 Ballon d'Or with top performance in ElClasico win

Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Bellingham continues push for 2024 Ballon d'Or with top performance in ElClasico win

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 17:18 - 28.10.2023

Jude Bellingham dragged Real Madrid back to life, scoring twice to help Ancelotti's men defeat Barcelona 2-1 in a feisty ElClassico.

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How it happened

Barcelona dominated proceedings from the first whistle, and İlkay Gündoğan who is no stranger to big fixtures, opened the scoring with less than six minutes on the clock. 

Aurélien Tchouaméni’s attempt to intercept possession on the edge of his own area led to disaster, as the Frenchman inadvertently released Gündoğan to slot home the opener.

Barca almost had a second when Toni Kroos had his pocket picked by the tenacious Gavi, allowing Fermín López to steal in and rattle an effort against the post. 

Los Blancos offered precious little attacking threat of their own in a cagey first half, failing to register a single shot on target before the break, leaving Carlo Ancelotti with plenty to ponder at the interval.

Real improved in the second half and the unstoppable Jude Bellingham stamped his name all over club football’s biggest fixture. 

After receiving a ball just outside the area, the ex-Dortmund manunleashed an absolute rocket that rifled into the net and leveled the scoreline. 

The visitors now looked confident of snatching victory, and though they had to wait for it, the winner tasted sweeter than brown sugar.

 Dani Carvajal’s cross was touched on by Luka Modrić into the path of Bellingham, who slotted home his 13th goal in as many appearances for Real as they secured victory in dramatic circumstances.